At the February meeting of 1966 we were pleased to receive E Comp Clive Lambert, DepGS, accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC. This was a special meeting as we received the Somerset Sceptre from Exmoor Chapter, No 2390, all the way from Minehead. The Sceptre was presented to E Comp Andrew Kerslake, MEZ, by E Comp Phil Thresher, MEZ of Exmoor, accompanied by seven companions, including E Comp John Bennett, hon member.
The evening’s work was to deliver the Historical and Symbolical Lectures given in Catechetical form by companions of 1966. E Comp Paul Spoors, J, directed the Historical and E Comp Keith Kerslake, stand in for H, directed the Symbolical. There followed an explanation of the HRA Tracing Board, this was under the direction of E Comp Jim Nicol, Scribe E, with the 16 parts spread around the members and guests. E Comp Bob Moore commented that it was the first time he had partaken in the explanation without being in charge!
E Comp Clive then presented a Grand Chapter Certificate to Comp Garry Beasley who was sporting an elegant NHS boot after dropping his motorcycle and fracturing his heel.
The chapter was then closed with hymn and the first verse of the National Anthem and most of the companions adjourned to the dining room for an excellent meal of Bangers and Mash followed by Treacle Tart and Custard, mmmmm! The toast to the visitors was given by E Comp Chris Summers and ably responded to by E Comp Phil Thresher.